4 August 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 43

Eleanor Prescott, Wales Millennium Centre

It feels like no time at all has passed since I wrote my penultimate blog and I feel sad to be so close to the end of what has been an incredible 11 months with Wales Millennium Centre. I can’t thank my colleagues on the Development team enough.  Thanks too to the staff throughout the building who have made this whole experience so richly rewarding. I will miss coming into work here every day under that copper inscription and feeling awed by this amazing place! My deepest thanks to everyone I have met and worked with this year for making the start of my career an experience I never would have thought possible so soon after graduating.

When I started here 11 months ago I had only recently begun to know about arts fundraising.  I can remember clearly being sat in my first team meeting with my new colleagues feeling baffled by the jargon flying about the room, thinking ‘I’ll never get the hang of this in under a year’. But the knowledge I feel like I have picked up from this internship, not purely arts fundraising knowledge but also life lessons, is invaluable to me and I know I will carry that into my next roles and further steps on in my career. Wales Millennium Centre and A&B Cymru have helped me develop my confidence and find a tangible career option for me to throw my passion for the arts into. I never thought in such a short space of time I would have been so successful in developing relationships and partnerships with other businesses, donors and other arts fundraisers, nor secured several different trusts and foundations grants or been given account management responsibility.

As for next steps - as of 2017/18 I’ll be in the next cohort of A&B Cymru creative interns under Strand 2, undertaking 2 part-time placements. A&B Cymru aren’t getting rid of me that easily! I’m very excited to see what the next year brings and how working with 2 different organisations will round out my fundraising experience.

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